The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring

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Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588366030

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. The canopy voyagers are young–just college students when they start their quest–and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air. The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one’s death. Preston’s account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in novelistic detail by a master of nonfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees–the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself. From the Hardcover edition.

The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring with the World's Last True Explorers

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Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141918802

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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When Steve Sillett was 19 years old, he free-climbed – with no safety equipment and no training – one of the tallest trees on earth, in the redwood forests of Prairie Creek, California. 30 storeys above the ground he glimpsed an undiscovered ecosystem, and his passion for that astonishing world would transform the rest of his life. Over the next twenty years, Sillett and a close group of friends charted this system, discovering mosses and lichen never seen before, and travelling among branches so densely interwoven they form incredible sky-high walkways. There are only twenty people on earth who have climbed the world’s tallest trees and who know their location. In writing The Wild Trees, Richard Preston not only managed to gain access to this group, but began to climb these hidden giants himself, putting his life in danger in order to understand the powerful connection between the massive trees and the world’s last great explorers.

The Wild Trees

A Story of Passion and Daring with the World's Last True Explorers

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Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141031905

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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When Steve Sillett was 19 years old, he free-climbed � with no safety equipment and no training � one of the tallest trees on earth, in the redwood forests of Prairie Creek, California. 30 storeys above the ground he glimpsed an undiscovered ecosystem, and his passion for that astonishing world would transform the rest of his life. Over the next twenty years, Sillett and a close group of friends charted this system, discovering mosses and lichen never seen before, and travelling among branches so densely interwoven they form incredible sky-high walkways. There are only twenty people on earth who have climbed the world�s tallest trees and who know their location. In writing The Wild Trees, Richard Preston not only managed to gain access to this group, but began to climb these hidden giants himself, putting his life in danger in order to understand the powerful connection between the massive trees and the world�s last great explorers.

Redwoods

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Author: Jason Chin

Publisher: Square Fish

ISBN: 1250186250

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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An ordinary train ride becomes and extraordinary trip to the great ancient forests A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels--all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders, Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook. Chin's approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

Wild trees of Idaho

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Author: Frederic Duane Johnson

Publisher: Univ of Idaho Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 212

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This organized, user-friendly volume gives reproductions of actual leaves and special keys to help the reader identify and locate tree populations.

The Redwood Forests

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Author: Lisa Bullard

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0761344527

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Introduces redwood forests, describing where they are found, how redwood trees grow, the plants and animals that live in the forests, and information about conservation efforts.

Seeing Trees

Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

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Author: Nancy Ross Hugo

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604693665

Category: Nature

Page: 244

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Have you ever looked at a tree? That may sound like a silly question, but there is so much more to notice about a tree than first meets the eye. "Seeing Trees" celebrates seldom-seen but easily observable tree traits and invites you to watch trees with

African Trees

A Photographic Exploration

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Author: Charles Bryant,Brita Lomba

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919930763

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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"African Trees" is primarily an art book containing breathtaking images of some of the most extraordinary and beautiful indigenous trees in Southern and East Africa. Through photographs and text it conveys the magic of African trees and their vital interrelationship with the continent's people, animals, birds and insects. Charles Bryant and Brita Lomba share a passion for trees, photography and Africa. They live in Cape Town and are avid collectors of fine art photography.

Between Earth and Sky

Our Intimate Connections to Trees

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Author: Nalini Nadkarni

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520261658

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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In Between Earth and Sky, a rich tapestry of personal stories, information, and illustrations, world-renowned canopy biologist Nalini M. Nadkarni becomes our captivating guide to the leafy wilderness above our heads. Through her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of trees that reveals the profound connections we have with them, the dazzling array of things they can provide us, and the powerful lessons they teach us.

The Songs of Trees

Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

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Author: David George Haskell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 052542752X

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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The Flavor of Wood

In Search of the Wild Taste of Trees, from Smoke and Sap to Root and Bark

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Author: Artur Cisar-Erlach

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781468316728

Category: Cooking

Page: 272

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Discover how the wild tastes of wood are already in your food, guided by a global flavor forager

The Global Forest

Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

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Author: Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101404531

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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The basis for the documentary film Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees – a compelling tribute to trees, grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge One of the world's experts on how trees chemically affect the environment, Canadian scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger is on a mission to save the planet- one newly planted tree at a time. In this new book, she skillfully weaves together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine to capture the magic spell that trees cast over us, from their untapped ecological and pharmaceutical potential to the roles they have played in our cultural heritage. Trees not only breathe and communicate; they also reproduce, provide shelter, medicine, and food, and connect disparate elements of the natural world. In celebrating forests' function and beauty, Beresford-Kroeger warns what a deforested world would look like. Her revolutionary bioplan proposes how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming, main­taining biodiversity in the face of climate change. Presented in short interconnected essays, The Global Forest draws from ancient storytelling traditions to present an unforgettable work of natural history. Beresford-Kroeger is an imaginative thinker who writes with the precision of a scientist and the lyricism of a poet. Her indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees with newfound awe. From the Hardcover edition.

Tree Identification Book

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Author: George W. Symonds

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062281453

Category: Gardening

Page: 100

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A new method for the practical identification and recognition of trees -- and an important supplement to existing botanical methods. The book is in two parts: Pictorial Keys and Master Pages. The Keys are designed for easy visual comparison of details which look alike, narrowing the identification of a tree to one of a small group -- the family or genus. Then, in the Master Pages, the species of the tree is determined, with similar details placed together to highlight differences within the family group, thus eliminating all other possibilities. The details of the Oak trees on this plate are an example of the system. All of the more than 1500 photographs were made specifically for use in this book and were taken either in the field or of carefully collected specimens. Where possible, details such as leaves, fruit, etc., appear in actual size, or in the same scale.

The Man Who Planted Trees

A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet

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Author: Jim Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0812981294

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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Describes the efforts of a former alcoholic nurseryman, whose near-death experience prompted him to attempt to find the best specimens of the U.S.' 872 known species of trees and use them to propagate their offspring around the world. By the author of A Symphony in the Brain. 25,000 first printing.

Wildwood

A Journey Through Trees

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Author: Roger Deakin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143910994X

Category: Nature

Page: 416

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Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees. Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple. As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.

The Trees of San Francisco

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Author: Michael Sullivan

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899977448

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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Trees of San Francisco introduces readers to the rich variety of trees that thrive in San Francisco's unique conditions. San Francisco's cool Mediterranean climate has made it home to interesting and unusual trees from all over the world - trees as colorful and exotic as the city itself. This new guide combines engaging descriptions of sixty-five different trees with color photos that reflect the visual appeal of San Francisco. Each page covers a different tree, with several paragraphs of interesting text accompanied by one or two photos. Each entry for a tree also lists locations where "landmark" specimens of the tree can be found. Interspersed throughout the book are sidebar stories of general interest related to San Francisco's trees. Trees of San Francisco also includes a dozen tree tours that will link landmark trees and local attractions in interesting San Francisco neighborhoods such as the Castro, Pacific Heights and the Mission - walks that will appeal to tourists as well as Bay Area natives.

Coast Redwood

A Natural and Cultural History

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Author: Michael G. Barbour,John Evarts,Marjorie Popper

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780962850554

Category: Nature

Page: 228

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My Side of the Mountain

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0141312424

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 177

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A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Panic in Level 4

Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

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Author: Richard Preston

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 081297560X

Category: Science

Page: 194

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Presents a series of accounts of human beings confronting death on a vast scale and the scientists and researchers who work to unlock the mystery of these deadly afflictions.